Here's what I wrote on July 3rd in the GreatMambino's July 3rd article regarding "What's The Plan?"
(today's additions are in bold).
"IMO the Lakers
havehad a specific plan A and basic Plan B...
Specific Plan A
involvesinvolved signing Melo (possible) or LeBron (doubtful) and then resigning Pau (Nash-Kobe-Melo-Randle-Pau…with Marshall-Young-Bazemore-Kelly-Sacre)
Basic Plan B
iswas short term high energy signings and get ready for next year.
I like Plan A better :)"
Personally I want the Lakers to win the championship THIS season, but without being able to bring on LeBron or Melo that is unfortunately not in the cards for us...IMO. Also...IMO... the front office has done an almost perfect job of fulfilling Plan B. Signing Jordan Hill to a two year contract (with team option for 2nd year) and acquiring Jeremy Lin (an expiring contract) as well as Houston's first round pick in the 2015 draft were brilliant Plan B moves. Nick Young for 4 years at approximately 5.5 million per year not only solidifies the SG position, it also makes a lot of fans very happy.
What the Lakers didn't do...sign 2nd tier non-franchise players to 8 figure/season, long term contracts, a mistake several teams have made (Chris Bosh = $118 million for 5 years?...Chandler Parsons = $46 million for 3 years?...Gordon Hayward = $63 million for 4 years? The list will undoubtedly grow longer in the next few days.
The bad news? We are not going to win a championship next season (IMO).
The good news? The Lakers have put together a decent squad, and if Kobe stays healthy we can be assured there is NO chance that the talk of tanking can dominate our conversations in 2014/15 (IMO). To put it simply we are not going to be competing for one of the bottom 5 records in the league, after all, we played all but 6 games this year without Kobe and "only" got the 7th pick. Oh yeah...Nash, Lin and Hill are going to open up over $26 million in cap space for 2015/16.